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Fri, May. 31st, 2013, 02:23 am
state of inactivity or equilibrium.

Been (re)reading some of Murakami's minor works. (I'm just making this category up, but I'm pretty sure it's a reasonable division to make.) One of them was After Dark, which I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that I thought he was just phoning in. It's got his usual character types behaving as you'd expect. Dual world, evocation of Tokyo, eccentric teenage girl who saves the day through some act of self-realization.

I may have made this complaint before. In this space, even. I'm deliberately putting it in the worst way. It's better than it sounds -- I actually enjoyed it quite a bit this time through, perhaps because, even if he's not pushing himself, he's made something genuinely comforting. I'm not sure how that works. I found it relaxing, engaging. Light, but not devoid of merit.

Besides, there's one of the classic Murakami rants on page 15. Behold:

"No matter how much I scream at them to make my toast as crispy as possible, I have never once gotten it the way I want it. I can't imagine why. What with Japanese industriousness and high-tech culture and the market principles that the Denny's chain is always pursuing, it shouldn't be that hard to get crispy toast, don't you think? So, why can't they do it? Of what value is a civilization that can't toast a piece of bread as ordered?"

Thu, Jun. 6th, 2013 08:43 am (UTC)

Maybe because most modern Japanese like soft food? I remember at a Fanime Con past (still in Santa Clara) mangaka Aro Hiroshi (creator of Futaba-kun Change!) lamented that the old fashioned senbei he liked, the really hard crunchy kind, was falling out of favor with today's young nihonjin. As a result the teeth of a generation were growing weaker.